Speech and Language
Faculty from the Department of Hearing and Speech are actively engaged in clinical experiences within the local community.
Lindsey Heidrick, SLPD, CCC-SLP
Director of the Speech Clinic at KU Medical Center, Heidrick has experience with both adult and pediatric speech-language pathology. Her clinical interests include neurodegenerative disease and impacts on communication, swallowing and cognition.
She also provides patient care as a speech-language pathologist at numerous locations including the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Center of Excellence and the Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic. She also is active with the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center, an outpatient neurology clinic.
Susan Koerner, ABD, M.S., CCC-SLP
Koerner’s area of clinical expertise is augmentative and alternative communication across the lifespan. She leads evaluation and intervention clinics at KU Medical Center and is the director of the Children’s Miracle Network Augmentative and Alternative Communication Lab at KU Medical Center. Koerner serves as a faculty supervisor for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities grant program.
In addition to her work in augmentative and alternative communication, Koerner leads the Auditory Processing Disorders Clinic in collaboration with the KU audiology doctoral degree program.
Julie Mujica, M.A., CCC-SLP
A pediatric speech-language pathologist, Mujica works on an interdisciplinary team for developmental evaluations with developmental pediatrics. She also serves as the faculty supervisor for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities grant. Mujica provides individual therapy for young children at the Speech Clinic at KU Medical Center.
Mujica specializes in early childhood pediatric speech-language pathology. Her clinical interests include neurodevelopmental disorders, language disorders, speech sound disorders and family-centered practice.
Kelley Nelson-Strouts, M.A., CCC-SLP
Nelson-Strouts is a pediatric speech-language pathologist with experiences in public school and private practice settings serving children ages 3-17. In her role as a clinical assistant professor, Nelson-Strouts participates in interdisciplinary developmental evaluations with the Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in addition to providing individual evaluations and treatment for preschool and school-aged children through the KU Department of Hearing and Speech.
Nelson-Strouts specializes in child language and literacy, including dyslexia, mixed reading disorder and developmental language disorder. She also enjoys working with children with concurrent speech-sound difficulties. She offers dyslexia and other reading-based assessments through KU Medical Center's Speech Clinic.
Melanie Somogie, M.A., CCC-SLP
Somogie has experience in adult neurogenic and geriatric speech-language pathology. She provides clinical care at the Speech Clinic at KU Medical Center and in the community through communication groups for adults.
Her clinical interests include neurodegenerative disease, acquired brain injuries, and aging impacts on communication, swallowing and cognition.